A week in food: Thursday

Thursday was a tough day as Zoey didn’t want to eat anything I gave her for her main meals outside of breakfast. Ugh. So she was in a bad mood as I am a tough mother fraker when it comes to snacking. I will not have them filling up to stop the whining because yes they stop whining but then they won’t eat their main meals, and it’s good for them to come to a meal (slightly) hungry. And let’s be honest if you’ve wrangled twins mostly alone for 17 months a little whining is NOTHING. What’s starting to get harder is that they are now pointing at food in the kitchen, and waving plates and bowls at me whilst whining and crying. But I stand firm, and feel slightly mean. Then I read this article about ‘The Snack Epidemic’ and I felt better but I have it easy.

The Cylonettes are young and totally under my influence and control (whoa that sounds Stalinistic). I don’t have to pack a bag of food for day-care or pre-k, they are not surrounded by a classroom full of kids with different eating habits and I don’t have to work outside of the home so I can cook all their meals and snacks from scratch. I just have to put up with the whining, and hold strong. Ugh.

Breakfast: Banana buttermilk pancakes with a few white chocolate chips thrown in for good measure, and whipped cream

Shocker that we all ate these fine pancakes. Alex and I got some maple syrup but the girls had to make do with pretend syrup. At some point they will cotton on, and we’ll have to let them have a spot or else we all go without.

Morning snack: Mini cheesy biscuits and milk

Best snack ever.

Lunch: Shepherd’s pie (leftovers)

Well Naomi and I enjoyed lunch, and Zoey sat there “talking” to the shelf of teddies next to the table.

Afternoon snack: Apricot and sultana crunch (from the freezer) and milk

It’s crunchy and has dried fruit so one can hope some nutrients are being absorbed.

Supper: Lamb ragu (from the freezer) with pasta, and a yogurt

I cut the ragu with cream when I was heating it up to lessen the acidity and increase the likelihood that Zoey would eat it. Big fat NO. Heigh ho what’s a mum to do but offer a yogurt (once Naomi had finished) and hope for the best the next day.

A week in food: Wednesday

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A picnic in the kitchen

Breakfast: Cornflakes and homemade bread

This week I made my first white loaf of regular bread (thanks to the encouragement of the Twitter). It was so simple: four ingredients and some time. It tasted great but I’m hoping if I give it more time to rise it will be lighter. I’m hooked, and everyone was happy to eat it.

Morning snack: Apple slices and milk

I’m trying to eat seasonally, and I’m longing for the spring summer fruits to start appearing. Until then it’s lots of apples. W00t. At least I’m getting a lot of use of my apple corer (thanks mum).

Lunch: Leftover tray bake chicken and veggies, plus carrot soup with homemade bread

Lunch was somewhat delayed thanks to Zoey peeing on the floor. Her post walk-nap diaper was so full that when I took her out of the stroller and she started peeing with such force it leaked out, and there was a lovely puddle on the floor. Cue changing Zoey (and Naomi as she had to be included) and washing the floor. This might sound weird but I’m looking forward to potty training this summer. Bring it on.

Thankfully lunch was leftovers so I just had to nuke the chicken and veggies, and warm up the carrot soup (freezer). Predictably both girls wolfed down the chicken, nibbled on the roast veggies, and rejected the carrot soup but happily dunked their bread in it.

Afternoon snack: Leftover bread from lunch and milk

There was plenty of cut and butter bread from lunch so I smeared on some jam, and that was the afternoon snack done. I can’t abide waste so I ate the crusts.

Supper: Shepherd’s Pie, leftover mac-and-cheese and yogurt

The weather is starting to perk up, and I had a big bag of potatoes to use up. I figured it was a good time to squeeze in a stodgy Shepherd’s Pie before winter is finally behind us. I love mince and potatoes, and Naomi does too.  Zoey is not sold so ate the mac-and-cheese, and who doesn’t love a yogurt.

A week in food: Tuesday

 

 

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Breakfast of champions

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, Costco’s finest bacon, Trader Joe’s hash browns and left over mini apple muffins

Since we are moving out in a month I’m trying to use up all the food in our pantry and freezer so we don’t have to move it. There was a pair of hash browns lurking in the back of the freezer and I thought I’d better use ’em up. (As a side note I need to start making hash browns myself and freeze them for meals.) Breakfast got off to a great start when Naomi stuck her finger in a hash brown to see if it was hot. It was so she ended up having to nurse it on a cooling pad-thingy from the freezer, and of course so did Zoey because they must be equal at all time. Bless her she was just mimicking us as we touch food to check to see if it’s okay for them to eat.

Morning snack: The last of the mini apple muffins (hurrah!) and milk

Since the girls only nibbled on a muffin at breakfast (they were more interested in snagging bits of bacon from us) I figured we’d use up the last of them at snack time.

Lunch: Butternut squash mac-and-cheese (left overs)

It’s such a no brainer of a meal. Both girls ate their bowl and then had seconds and thirds. Thank you, easy toddler recipes.

Afternoon snack: Date slice (from the freezer) and milk

When I bake for the girls I tend to cut-and-freeze as they eat things in such tiny portions. Now I don’t label stuff in the freezer so it’s a lucky dip when it comes to fishing out a small rectangular foil package. Today we lucked out with a date slice but it was ignored for an hour whilst the girls had an epic melt down over a book. ‘Dear Zoo’ if you are interested. When they eventually emerged from their book induced rage they happily ate the date slice.

Supper: Tray bake, broccoli bowls and yogurt!

Who doesn’t love a tray bake? Chicken plus veggies in a hot oven is a win-win for everyone. I remember Jamie Oliver waxing lyrical about kids and chicken legs in ‘Jamie’s School Dinners’, and by-gum it’s true. Both girls, yes BOTH of them, love roasted chicken legs. They are happy to hold and eat the chicken leg, and/or eat pieces that have been peeled off in front of them. This makes me so happy we are now eating roasted chicken legs twice a week.

For this tray bake I marinated the chicken legs for a few hours in buttermilk, oil and maple syrup. I chopped up some potatoes and a zucchini, and sprinkled them with olive oil and salt. Delish! Naomi and I enjoyed our broccoli. Neither girl was that interested in the roast spuds and zucchini.

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Supper for tired people

Feeding the Cylonettes: Cheesy biscuits

My cheesy biscuits are legendary. Everyone that comes into our family’s orbit knows about the cheesy biscuits. When we are out viewing houses, and I tell our realtor I’ll give the girls a snack to get them through the fourth and fifth house she says to me “Cheesy biscuits!”. I tell everyone about them.

Hell, we got through the aftermath of Sandy thanks to the cheesy biscuits!

They are one of my go-to-snacks for the Cylonettes, and I bake them at least once or twice a week. They are super simple to make, and happily eaten for days and days. I roll them out on the thick side, and like all cookies whip them out of the oven early (8 minutes on the dot).

‘Cheese Stars’ from Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat

1/2 cup all purpose flour (I’ve made them with white, and wholewheat both come out well)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt (I skip this)

pinch cayenne (skip this too as I don’t have any)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2/3 finely grated orange cheddar

1/4 freshly grated Parmesan

  • Set the oven to 400F
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a mixer until the dough comes together, and give it a little knead
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and rest in the fridge
  • Roll it out on a floured surface. Not too thin but not too thick somewhere between 1/4″ and 1/2″. After you’ve made them a few times you’ll figure out your preferred thickness. Nigella uses a star cutter but I use a train (as Sheldon likes trains) and I get about 12 train biscuits out of the dough.
  • Bake on a non-stick or greased or lined baking sheet until they begin to puff on top but are hard underneath, about 10 minutes BUT start checking at 8 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a rack and enjoy!
Cheesy biscuits in IKEA

Cheesy biscuits in IKEA

Cheesy biscuits in Eataly

Cheesy biscuits in Eataly

Cheesy biscuits being cut out

Cheesy biscuits being cut out

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